.... but I thought I'd share a little "quick craft" I worked on today. I recently scored 6 gorgeous vintage tea cups at the thrift store. I normally wouldn't have picked these up, because I really have no use for vintage teacups, no matter how beautiful they are, but then I remembered seeing somewhere (help? does anyone else remember this?) that they had taken teacups and used them for candles. Brilliant, I thought! I ran out to the craft store to buy beeswax and wicks, and away I went without any clue of what I was doing!
Materials to replicate this project:
- suitable glass or ceramic container for your candle
- beeswax - I bought a 1 pound block, but I would recommend beads if you can find them - they will melt faster and will be easier to measure out if you just need a small quantity. I used natural beeswax because I liked the color, but it's also available in white.
- wicks - I purchased a pack of 12 pre-waxed wicks that already have the clip at the bottom
- glass bowl that will rest on your saucepan but won't touch the bottom
- a ladle or old measuring cup or other "scoop"
- wax paper
Create a double boiler by placing a good amount (maybe 2/3 full) of water in your saucepan and resting your glass bowl on top. Bring the water to a boil and place your beeswax into the glass bowl to melt. Meanwhile, place a sheet of wax paper onto your work area and line up your candle containers on top of the wax paper. Place your wicks into the container for your candle in the desired position. Once the wax is melted, dip your "scoop" into the wax and carefully pour it into your containers. Try not to drip too much, but minor drips can be scraped off once the wax has hardened. Reposition your wick as needed if it moves during the pour. Allow the beeswax to harden overnight. Clip the wicks to about 3/4" above the wax. Voila! You now have a one-of-a-kind candle!
- if you can, dedicate a set of tools (glass bowl, scoop, and anything else that touches the wax) for this project; the beeswax is incredibly hard to clean off and you don't want to use your nice stuff. You can probably get these at a thrift store for next to nothing.
- beeswax has a fantastic natural smell - subtle and sweet like honey - I kept my beeswax unscented, but you can add drops of essential oils if you would like a candle with a different scent.
Easy peasy, right?!? Here are some pictures of the process:
6 gorgeous vintage cups just waiting to be rescued (60 cents each!)
make-shift double boiler and melted beeswax - smells so good!
Finished teacup candle! I'll clip the wick once the wax has completely set - this picture was taken about one hour after the pour.
I'm sure there are some candlemaking experts out there... please chime in with any tips, tricks, or suggestions!